No Hayfeed for Dogs = Cruelty

August 18, 2010

Apparently, the SPCA of Texas (SPCAT) and/or the Van Zandt County Sheriff has a new food requirement for dogs: hay, "seized 16 donkeys, 6 horses, 5 cows, 3 miniature horses, and 2 dogs ... what few hay bales that were found on the property were inadequate to feed all 32 animals. "  32 would include the dogs so I guess we all need to start feeding our dogs hay to avoid seizure.  Wonder if we just have to make it available to the dogs or if we're required to force feed it to them.

"all were transported under the authority of the SPCA"  WHAT frigging "authority"???

Other than that, same old thieving SPCAT in my opinion.

See HSPCA isn't the only only thieving organization on my blogger "hit" list :)

Back later with another installment on the Gracia seizure but just HAD to bring this breaking news of new mandated via SPCA for for dogs to you ASAP.

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Argh! My kingdom for a copy editor. One could make jokes about the dogs needing more fiber in their diets, I guess.

I looked around the Web and found this coverage, complete with pics:

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2010/08/137.shtml

What bothers me is that some photos show horses obviously in need of care, while others show animals that look fine (scroll down to the donkeys and cattle). And every photo has an SPCA logo on it EXCEPT the third photo - and the miniature horses look perfectly healthy to me. And the fences next to the starving horses are different than the fences behind the healthy animals.

BTW, the SPCA coverage (https://www.spca.org/vanzandt081710) insisted that the Van Zandt County sheriff's department had attempted to work with the owner of the animals before they were seized.

Where could one get proof of this? Would the authorities be required to keep formal records of the initial contact with the owner?

I always get so frustrated when I read horses were in a pasture and were starving. I grew up with horses and we never fed our horses in the spring and summer, they always had plenty of pasture grass to eat. Now sometimes in late summer, we'd have to supplement them but that was only during dry hot summers.

There are also many reasons why a horse is not keeping on weight. Many times older horses are what we call hard keepers which is just as it sounds it's hard to keep weight on them. Sometimes they may need their teeth floated and believe me I've seen vets do this incorrectly. I won't bore you with all the many different reasons.

As for shelter, unless you're going to have an air conditioned stable why would you want the horse to have shelter in the middle of summer? I have seen my horses have a barn to go into along with horse sheds stand outside in rain, sleet and snow instead of going into their shelter. Why do people think God put fur on animals?

Looking at the pictures of the horses, I saw one that was seriously underweight, one that was a little underweight and one in the background that looked very healthy and the ponies all looked healthy.
Horses do manage to get themselves hurt. They'll cut themselves on fence or a post, I've even had them to cut themselves on tree branches. Most longtime horse people treat most of these injuries themselves. You can buy over the counter antibiotics, wound dressing, etc.
As for bringing the horses' conditions into compliance with the Texas Health and Safety Code. How exactly are you supposed to put weight on a horse in a matter of days and how are you supposed to magically heal wounds in a matter of days? You are asking someone to do the impossible. Horses have a bad habit of just about the time a wound is healing to rub the scab off and you start again and again until it's finally healed.

My main question though is why would this owner decide to starve two horses, yet feed the others? I guess it never crosses anyone's mind that just maybe when a couple of horses out of several are underweight that they are old and/or sick?

As for water. You can water an animal in the morning and that evening they've hardly drank any water then the next day you can water in the morning and that evening it's bone dry. So sometimes animals without access to a pond or creek will go without water for a few hours. It's not that they aren't watered it's that some days they drink more than they do other days and most people don't have the luxury of being able to check the water supply every hour on the hour.

So unless we can get people doing the investigating on these groups that have actually raised an animal they need to be put out of business.
Everything doesn't require a vet and I know some old cowboys that know how to take care of a horse or a cow better than any vet.

Something I didn't notice the first time I skimmed over the article. 3 of the horses are near death, yet the vet declared them healthy enough to travel?

I'm starting to see what Linda is getting at, are all of these horses from the same place?

I tell you what people need to start doing and that is not only a daily basis recording your animals, but when they show up record everything that is happening. Maybe PJ knows the law on this, but I can not see how they could legally stop you from recording what they're doing on your property with your property.

In Oregon they have taken horses which were *under the care of a licensed veterinary* and successfully charged the owner with abuse. That is, the owner was convicted.

I guess the rescues and prosecutors are greater authorities on animal care than a licensed vet. Actually, in the case I'm thinking of, a vet who wasn't involved in the case defended the horse owner, so that was two vets, not one. But ... rescues and prosecution prevailed.

And god help you if you own a breed which doesn't produce a lot of fat, easy keepers, because in March you'll likely lose them to the accusations of an idiot who doesn't grasp that Arabians and Thoroughbreds aren't the same as fat Quarter Horses and Belgians, and that horses grow winter coats and start to shed them untidily in the early spring. Unless you keep them locked in a barn where they can't be seen, of course.

It's witch hunting.



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